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  1. #1
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    Default ReQueening with Cells

    I am planning on making 200 splits this summer. I am going to shake the bees/queen down and break them in half and put a mated queen in the top. After breaking the top split off I want to requeen the bottoms with cells. Would putting that cell in the bottom with a protector do any good? Or would it be better to give them time to build, give them a super, and put the queen cell in the super?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    This year when making nucs they all got cells. Three weeks later when we checked for take only 10% of the old queens remained. I have done this twice since with same results hope this helps

  3. #3
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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Way more effective than I thought it would be. Did you put the cells in the day you split them? Did you use a 5 frame nuc or just split them 2-3 ways in deeps?

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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    They had 24 hr before cells and were 5 frame nucs 1 brood 1 frame bees 1 frame honey 2 foundation

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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Hey Scott, How do you know you only had 10% of the old queens left? Just wondering.
    Nick

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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Also, did you put the cells in on the hatch date?

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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Nucs with queens were marked. The old queens had tiger tails and new did not. The cells hatched the day we put them in we had several walkers.

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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Your putting the cells in
    With a mated queen

    If so

    The result is the mated one??
    #1 Is killed by bees

    #2 Leaves on her own?

    #3 New hatch kills her?

  9. #9
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    Default Re: ReQueening with Cells

    Scott, greatly appreciate the insight.
    Last edited by Sadler91; 06-30-2013 at 12:25 PM.

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